1986 - Gotemba, Japan
1988 - Exeter, Great Britain
1990 - Seoul, Korea
1992 - Edmonton, Canada
1994 - Adelaide, Australia
1996 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
1998 - Makuhari Messe, Japan
2000 - Birmingham, Great Britain
2002 - Seoul, Korea,
2004 - Toronto, Canada
2006 - Brisbane, Australia
2008 - Orlando, Florida 2010 - Osaka, Japan
2012 - Liverpool, Great Britain
2014 - Jeju, Korea
2016 - Vancouver, Canada
2018 - Cairns, Australia
The 19th IHS was scheduled for 2020 in Hong Kong, but sadly this event was cancelled in December 2019 due to the continuing unrest and violence there. The 20th IHS in 2022 is planned for Nashville Tennessee, USA.
For each Symposium, Canada sends a representative Canadian Conductor and also submits a new Canadian Composition to be rung at the massed ringing session component of the Symposium.
Canadian-hosted IHS events
1992 International Handbell Symposium Edmonton, AB IHS2004 Toronto, ON ‘Building Bridges’ IHS2016 Vancouver, BC ‘Soundings: Music of Our Lands and Our Lives’
IHS 2016 Memories and Staying in Touch
The IHS2016 Flickr page is, and will remain, a place for all those who have pictures of their time at the symposium to share those photos with one another. You can find the page by going to www.flickr.com and searching for the IHS2016 Vancouver group page.